Sunday, November 25, 2012
I was going to blog about Thanksgiving, how my long weekend went (great), the wonderful walks I had in the forest preserves where I often hiked when I lived in the Chicago suburbs, and maybe share some thoughts about how challenging this time of year is for those of us trying to lose or maintain weight.
But instead I keep thinking of the end of my walk in the woods yesterday. We were almost back to the car and I remembered being on that stretch of path with my dad. He didn't do much in the way of hiking since he had a partially paralyzed leg from Polio. And for the last 10 years of his life, he dealt with Post-Polio Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure, making walking harder and harder. So that trip together to the Forest Preserve was a long time ago and not very typical of times I spent with him.
Yet, as I traveled up the trail through the starkly beautiful November woods, I thought of walking with my dad long ago and how much I miss him. And even though we probably only went down that path together once, it felt like yesterday he walked it with me a second time.
My dad passed away four years ago today. I thought of him some more this afternoon as I watched the movie "Lincoln." The storyline was partially based on the book Team of Rivals, which my dad read and thought highly of. I think he would have enjoyed the movie. I wish I could discuss it with him, to hear his thoughts, insights and dry sense of humor.
So, anyway, back to things Spark. Let's all take good care of ourselves so we can spend as much time with those we love in this life. And let's not take for granted our loved ones but enjoy them as much as we can for as long as we can. In the scheme of things, at the end, love is what is important. Good days, bad days, the holidays (good or bad) come and go. Love never ends.